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Thankful to be alive after knife stabbing

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 3:05 pm | Updated: 12:52 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2019.

A woman and her daughter spent Thanksgiving at the hospital after falling victim to a knife attack.

Steven Bagu of East New York, Brooklyn, 30, was charged with the double stabbing of his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter in their Kew Gardens Hills home during the early hours of Thanksgiving day.

“The defendant in this case is accused of attacking an innocent child with a knife and then turning the blade on the girl’s mother when she tried to stop him,” said acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan in a released statement.

Bagu’s girlfriend, whose name has not been released, awoke to the sounds of her daughter’s screams between the hours of 2 and 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Bagu, who is not the father of the young girl, allegedly stabbed her in the neck, creating a bleeding, open wound.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s mother attempted to help her daughter, but was blocked by Bagu, who ultimately stabbed the woman in the throat with the same knife. He held the mother and daughter captive for two hours until he fell asleep. The mother took the opportunity to escape to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

The two were taken to nearby hospitals and treated for their injuries. The mother underwent surgery to repair a punctured trachea, and the daughter received stitches to close her wound.

Bagu was arrested and charged with second degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted of the seven charges, Bagu faces up to 25 years in prison.

“This was a heinous act of violence that put both victims at grave risk,” continued Ryan. “The defendant is in custody and now faces spending decades in prison as punishment for his alleged criminal actions.”

Bagu is set to appear in court on Feb. 13 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Jeffrey Gershuny.

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